My personal and professional calling is to “join others in their suffering”, which is the definition of the word “compassion”. I start with a Family Systems approach to therapy. It is important to look at the relationships that patients have with their biological parents and what they have contributed towards their mental health. I also use a holistic approach to treatment, including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, relational and social factors that affect positive health. I implement the 80/20 principle to help patients identify what difficulties they have the ability to change. Patients will be encouraged to triage their issues and prioritize the majors from the minors. Hope is a constant theme in my work with patients.
I have been married for 34 years to my lovely wife, and we have five grown children and one adorable granddaughter. I grew up in Chicago and spent six years living in Philadelphia. My family has lived in Woodland Park for 24 years. I love the mountains and the people in Teller County. I feel privileged to live and work in the same place. I am a Denver Broncos and Chicago Cubs fan and love the outdoors.
Qualifications and experience
- Child and Teen Health - Parenting, Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health and Behavior
Loyola University of Chicago (1986)
- Board Certification
Certification Agency Specialty Year Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Licensed Clinical Social Worker 2019
- Clinical interest for patients
I have worked in residential treatment, foster care and adoption, family therapy, behavioral health, mental health, hospice care and community resources. My specialties are grief and loss, death and divorce, parenting and working with non-traditional families. I am committed to making a difference in the lives of those experiencing difficulties.